Jeff Bezos lost the billionaire space race to Richard branson, but his journey will remain historic … because it takes both a teenager and an octogenarian into space.
As you’ve probably heard, Amazon’s rocket company Blue Origin is slated to launch into space aboard the New Shepard rocket on July 20. When it does, his first paying customer – an 18-year-old Olivier Daemen – will enter the record books as the youngest space traveler of all time.
Blue Origin announced that the Dutch teenager will join Jeff and his brother, Marc Bezos, on the flight because the original Winner of $ 28 million of the company’s auction for the spot chose a subsequent assignment “due to scheduling conflicts”.
This person remains anonymous, but Oliver is the son of the CEO of Somerset Capital Partners Joes Daemen … who paid for his child to replace the first winner.
Meanwhile, the person who will pilot the Blue Origin rocket with the 3 men on board is 82 years old. Wally funk … who will become the oldest human ever to go to space.
Funk was part of the Mercury 13, a group of 13 American women who in the early 1960s underwent studies similar to those of NASA’s Mercury 7 astronauts to determine if they could handle space travel … but they have never launched.
If all goes according to plan, Wally will finally get there, and when she does, she will break the age record set by John glenn, who returned to space in 1998 at the age of 77. Daemen will break the youth record set by the Soviet cosmonaut Gherman Titov, which was 25 when it entered orbit in 1961.
The FAA approved the launch of Blue Origin on Monday, just a day after Branson flew in space aboard the first passenger flight of his own space tourism company, Virgin Galactic.
Branson received a hero’s welcome back on Earth Tuesday in New York, as he headed to “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”.
We are days away from knowing if Bezos will have similar success … the countdown is on.